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Digital Families a 30min weekly podcast hosted by Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady” in conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts, family councillors, child protection experts, wellbeing coaches, psychologists and more about maintaining a healthy and safe environment around digital technology in families.

A Girls & Boys Guide To Puberty Digital Families Podcast with Michelle Mitchell

A Girls & Boys Guide To Puberty Digital Families Podcast with Michelle Mitchell

My guest today is someone I’ve had on Digital Families twice before. Michelle has such an amazing insight into parenting, that I’m constantly recommending her to parents who need good straight talking advice about their children’s issues. 

Michelle Mitchell an author, speaker and advocate for families and parenting teenagers. She is the author of 2 new books, “A Girls Guide To Puberty”, and “A Guys Guide to Puberty”. 

Michelle is also a mother of two teenagers. And lives in Brisbane, Australia. 

In todays podcast Michelle and I discuss what it is like for children going through puberty today with the impact of the digital world on their development. With so many tweens now joining up to social media like Snapchat and Instagram and TikTok, where are they getting their information on development and sexuality.

Michelle’s books “A Girls Guide To Puberty” and “A Boys Guide To Puberty” are fabulous books for children to help them understand the changes their bodies are going through during puberty. Michelle and I talk about how parents can support their children through this confusing time of tantrums, pimples, hugs and hair growing in all sorts of places! We also chat about the influences of the online world with exposure to nudity, porn and influencers are having a huge impact on our young tweens who seem to be growing up faster than ever before.

Michelle and I also tackle Peer Group Pressure around use of Social Media. It’s a really tough one, when so many under 13year olds want to be on apps like Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram.

Find out more about Michelle Here: https://michellemitchell.org

Follow Michelle on Facebook Here: https://www.facebook.com/michellemitchellspeaker

 

 

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‘Parenting for a Digital Future,’ with Professor Sonia Livingstone

‘Parenting for a Digital Future,’ with Professor Sonia Livingstone

Many parents are really struggling to help and supervise their children’s online world and learning. Why are parents being blamed and marginalised for “Bad Digital Parenting” Is this fair? In her latest research and book “Parenting For A Digital Future” Professor Sandra Livingstone asked parents from all sorts of backgrounds about what their hopes were… Continue Reading

How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices

How To Resolve Family Disagreements Around Digital Devices

My guest today is Fred Bretthauer. Fred is a senior Family Dispute Mediator with Catholic Care and a committee member of the Family Law Pathways Network in Sydney. He has been resolving family separation disputes for over 10 years, he also runs education seminars for parents who are experiencing ongoing conflict. Family disputes involving the… Continue Reading

Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea?

Smart Toys & Speakers. Privacy risk or great Christmas Gift idea?

On this weeks “Digital Families” Podcast with Leonie Smith. How Safe Are They? Smart Watches, Talking Internet Connected Dolls, Mobile Devices and Smart Speakers? With Christmas almost upon us, and the last days of shopping for presents looming, many parents and grandparents may be considering a tech toy for the little one for Christmas this… Continue Reading

“Cybertrauma”, Children & Teens Online

“Cybertrauma”, Children & Teens Online

My guest on the Digital Families Podcast today is Catherine Knibbs   Catherine is a Clinical Doctorial Researcher, Consultant, Public Speaker, Author and Child & Adult Trauma Psychotherapist. She writes about and works with “Cybertrauma” which is any trauma that occurs through an internet ready device. Catherine is undoubtably one of the most experienced and… Continue Reading

Kayelene Kerr – eSafeKids – Predators Online – Protection and Empowering Children Online

Kayelene Kerr – eSafeKids – Predators Online – Protection and Empowering Children Online

This weeks Digital Families Podcast with Kayelene Kerr from eSafeKids. Kayelene Kerr from eSafeKids is recognised as one of Western Australia’s most experienced specialist providers of Body Safety, Cyber Safety, Digital Wellness and Pornography education workshops.  Kayelene is passionate about the prevention of child abuse and sexual exploitation, drawing on over 23 years’ experience of… Continue Reading

“Growing Up Shared” with Professor Stacey Steinberg

“Growing Up Shared” with Professor Stacey Steinberg

Professor Stacy Steinberg is a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Professor Steinberg’s research focuses at the intersection of a parent’s right to share and a child’s right to privacy. She is also a mom and a photographer who has a passion for taking pictures. Professor Steinberg started to wonder how… Continue Reading

Family Safety Online with Martin and Carley McGauran

Family Safety Online with Martin and Carley McGauran

My guests today are Brother and Sister Martin and Carley McGauran, from Inform Empower, eSafety providers based in Melbourne Australia. Marty McGauran is a primary school teacher and educational consultant with over 10 years experience in schools. He is a qualified teacher,  holds a Masters of Education (ICT & Digital Learning) as well as being a… Continue Reading

Brett Lee Former Undercover Cyber Detective – Predators Online & Your Kids

Brett Lee Former Undercover Cyber Detective – Predators Online & Your Kids

My guest this week on Digital Families is Former detective Brett Lee who worked as a Queensland Police Officer for 22 years, 16 of which as a detective in the field of Child Exploitation. Brett has been personally involved with the interview, location, arrest and prosecution of hundreds of online criminals and predators.  In his investigative role, Brett… Continue Reading